Red Tractor Assurance has added its voice to this week’s special focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a reminder that the issue is one of the areas on which it is seeking consultation responses as part of a number of planned changes to its farm standards.
With the UK farming industry being asked to play its part in reducing antibiotic use by around 19% by 2018, Red Tractor is proposing to make updates to its own scheme in line with best practice advice from RUMA, the alliance for Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture.
“The Red Tractor logo is recognised by consumers as a guarantee that the food they are buying is safe, traceable and produced to good standards of animal welfare with minimal impact on the environment,” said Assured Food Standards chief executive, David Clarke (pictured above). “That reputation is built on the standards which have been maintained by our scheme members for more than 15 years.
“The UK farming industry is immensely proud of the standards it adheres to and we want to work together to ensure that we have a modern, progressive scheme that is something to shout about across the world.”
The consultation wll remain open until the end of the year.